This week, doctors at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center discovered that a contaminated medical tool had been spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria to patients. The bacteria, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, has been called a “nightmare” bacteria by the Centers for Disease Control and can kill as many as half the people it infects. So far, two people have died from the infection, and UCLA has reached out to another 179 people that might be infected. When already in the throes of an outbreak, what should a hospital do to stop it?
Superbug Outbreak Has Killed Two at UCLA Medical Center